20 January 2006
ICRC supports prevention and control of TB and HIV/AIDS
Baku (ICRC) - An international workshop has taken place to encourage collaboration
between prisons and public health services for the prevention and control of
tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.
The international workshop on "The prevention and control of tuberculosis
(TB) and HIV/AIDS in prisons and opportunities for collaboration between government
health services" was jointly organized by the Ministry of Justice of Azerbaijan
and the ICRC. Seventy representatives from the prison and public health sectors,
international and non-governmental organizations attended the workshop from
17 to 19 January at Baku's Park Inn Hotel.
The Deputy Minister of Justice, Vilayat Zahirov, and the ICRC Medical Coordinator
for Health in Prisons, Dr. Hernan Reyes, participated in the workshop. Experts
from Belgium, Georgia, Russia, Switzerland, and Ukraine gave lectures and recommendations.
The workshop was designed to contribute to a better understanding and dialogue
between concerned institutions leading to improved effectiveness and coordination
between the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Health in the prevention
and control of TB and HIV/AIDS within the penitentiary system. The event gave
participants an opportunity to share experiences on the integration of prison
and public health services with a specific focus on programmes concerning TB
and HIV/AIDS in the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union.
Working in war zones across the globe has given the ICRC extensive knowledge
of medical care for detainees.
Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross
(ICRC) in Azerbaijan
Further information: Ms. Gulnaz Guliyeva
Tel.: ++(994 12) 465 63 34 or 465 64 52
ICRC, F.Kh. Khoyski ave., 75, AZ1110 Baku, Azerbaijan